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Held at the Grand Palais from 5 to 8 April 2018, the fair will host 142 galleries from 22 countries with Switzerland as the guest of honour. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Art Paris Art Fair will also present An overview of the French art scene, a special project highlighting modern and contemporary artists from the 1960's until today that have been considered on the margins of dominant history and who deserve to have their work recognised today.

The Solo Show project, set up in 2015, is an initiative supported by Barnebys, aimed at making contemporary and contemporary artists discovered or rediscovered by the public by showcasing monographic exhibitions in the fair. The 2018 edition of The Solo Show surpasses itself by hosting a record number of 36 exhibitions, including artists with diverse and varied practices.

blog Michel Cornu - Untitled, 2016 - Lise Braun Collection

Art Paris Art Fair considers a solo exhibition as a key event in the career of an artist. The initiative therefore brings considerable visibility and recognition to the selected artists throughout the fair week.

Take a look at Barnebys two Solo Show favorites: Blek Le Rat and Caroline Tapernoux.

Blek Le Rat - Mona Lisa, 2012 - Galerie Ange Basso Blek Le Rat - Mona Lisa, 2012 - Galerie Ange Basso

Blek le Rat (b. 1952), represented by the Parisian gallery Angélique Basso, will have a solo exhibition inspired by the classics from the Louvre, offering a mix between the "official" art of museums and street art. Blek the Rat is one of the pioneers of street art and by his practice tries to bring out the art of museums. He is considered to be the father of stencil grafitti. The figures and icons summoned in his works are reminiscent of those of the great masters, such as Caravaggio or Leonardo da Vinci. His body of work has inspired many urban artists around the world.

Blek Le Rat - Bohémian Rhapsody, 2012 - Galerie Ange Basso Blek Le Rat - Bohémian Rhapsody, 2012 - Galerie Ange Basso

For the project, Point To Point Gallery, chooses Caroline Tapernoux and presents an in vivo production: an incredible and elusive 'Lumyveyre' interacting with the impalpable human condition. The Swiss artist incorporates reflective and luminescent materials that interact with their environment and the public.

Caroline Tapernoux - Luminance #6 Caroline Tapernoux, 2016 - Point to Point Galerie Caroline Tapernoux - Luminance #6 Caroline Tapernoux, 2016 - Point to Point Galerie

Caroline Tapernoux - HM, 2015 - Point to Point Galerie Caroline Tapernoux - HM, 2015 - Point to Point Galerie

Unlike other fairs, the project Solo Show offers exhibitions with a real curatorial reflection and puts a point of honour to the dimension of discovery, presenting to the public the work of important figures of the modern and contemporary scene.

Ilya Gapanov - Form "Reliquary" series (triptych), 2017 - K35 Art Gallery Ilya Gapanov - Form "Reliquary" series (triptych), 2017 - K35 Art Gallery

With 36 solo shows in total, the Solo Show project 2018 will host exhibitions from several international galleries and we are happy to note note the presence of the galleries K35 Art Gallery (Russia) and CAP Kuwait who make their first appearance at Art Paris Art Fair representing their artists Ilya Gaponov and respectively Steve Sabella.

Steve Sabella - Metamorphosis, 2012 - Contemporary Art Platform, Koweit Steve Sabella - Metamorphosis, 2012 - Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

The Solo Show will be visible throughout the fair.

More information on opening hours and the full program can be found on Art Paris Art Fair's website.

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